CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—November 8, 2016. The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCC) will host a panel discussion on the pros and cons of Community Benefits Agreements (CBA’s) on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Lawndale Community Church, 3827 West Ogden Avenue in Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.
A number of Chicago communities, including North Lawndale, are undergoing significant change, and conventional redevelopment agreements generally do not ensure transparency and inclusion of local residents, or offer protections from displacement. CBA’s are negotiated between developers and community groups, offer greater transparency and accountability and offer “carrots and sticks” to encourage more equitable community development.
Panel discussion participants include: the NLCCC, Attorney Allegra Cira Fischer of The Law Project; Father Larry Dowling of the Westside Community Benefits Coalition; Naomi Denise Davis of the Bronzeville Regional Collective; Cecile Carroll De Mello, community outreach consultant and organizer for Whole Foods in Englewood; Zack Schrantz, President/CEO of UCAN and Amalia NietoGomez, Executive Director, Alliance of the South East and Member of the Coalition for a Lakeside CBA.
The North Lawndale Coordinating Council is a group of North Lawndale stakeholders, including community-based organizations, business owners, elected officials and individuals that guide comprehensive planning and implementation in North Lawndale. The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council improves the physical, economic and social fiber of the local community through strategic and comprehensive planning, civic engagement and implementation of stakeholder-driven initiatives.
A link to a recent episode of Nonprofit “U”, featuring Attorneys Jody Adler and Allegra Cira Fischer is found here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nonprofit_u/2016/11/07/benefiting-communities-through-mutual-agreement